Maya Efrati

Legal Fellow

Maya Efrati

Maya Efrati focuses on exploring different innovations and reforms which could revitalize the American voting system, in effective advocacy and implementation form. She has studied and worked on issues related to government accountability and democracy, including campaign finance, criminal justice reform, and other civil rights issues.

Maya graduated with a B.A. in Government, with a focus on Security Studies, from The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (Israel) in June 2011. She earned a J.D. and an M.P.P. from The University of Michigan Law School and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, respectively, in May 2016. Maya previously worked at the Peres Center for Peace in Israel, on a large Congressional campaign in the Los Angeles, California area doing local political outreach and campaign field work, with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Council 36), with the Michigan Innocence Clinic, assisting in the post-conviction defense of clients who were actually innocent of the crimes of which they were convicted, and at the Center for American Progress, serving as a law clerk to the Legal Progress team and focusing largely on campaign finance, criminal justice reform, and the judicial vacancy and nominations process. While at Michigan, Maya was an editor for the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs, and completed her final (Capstone) project on the impact of campaign finance reform through Small Donor Match initiatives.

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Posts by Maya Efrati

Local Elections in Texas Demonstrate the Power - and Limits - of Cumulative Voting Rights

Posted on May 19, 2017

On May 6th, voters in more than 50 Texas jurisdictions went to the polls to elect local representatives with cumulative voting rights. Cumulative voting, a form of fair representation voting, has been successful in empowering racial and ethnic minority voters in Texas, but this year’s election demonstrated its limitations as well.

Wisconsin Bill Limiting Recounts is Detrimental to Election Integrity

Posted on April 18, 2017

Following the 2016 presidential election, five states saw petitions for recounts, but only one state (Wisconsin) conducted a full recount. After the dust has settled, the state is trying to change the process. The process does need reform, but unfortunately the bill being considered in Wisconsin goes in the wrong direction.

The Impact of Money in the 2014 U.S. House Elections

Posted on March 22, 2017

In 2010, the Supreme Court overturned the ban on corporate election spending in the landmark Citizens United case. As a majority of the justices considered political spending to be a form of free speech, corporations were free to ‘speak’, with the goal to persuade the voting public, through political contributions. Since then, the amount of money spent in elections has grown drastically, and the source of that money has become a key concern for many Americans. Many have become to wonder, with so much money involved, could our elections simply be ‘bought’?

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